Behind the Scenes

Remembering Marion Cunningham

By • July 12, 2012 • 3 Comments

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We wanted to take a minute to remember our friend, baker, and inspiration Marion Cunningham, whom we lost on Wednesday. Famous for the rewrite of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, we remember her for her many other contributions to the table as well. Namely, writing salaciously about pancakes, championing a waffle recipe that is not to be beat, and, most importantly, being a strong spokeswoman for home cooking in her own quiet way.

Her dessert-for-breakfast Heavenly Hots, as Amanda once wrote, “clarify what’s wrong with other pancakes,” which, come to think of it, is much like she did with everything else. Starting with run-of-the-mill ingredients, she developed, tested and tasted so that home cooks everywhere could have the very best version grace their tables. Like biscuits (also Merrill’s go-to recipe), say, or peanut butter cookies.

Marion’s homemaking was always cut with a sharp, sense of humor. An article from the Times points out that, while instructing how to crack a coconut in a recipe, she suggests to throw it on a patio. “That’s how monkeys do it,” she wrote, “and they are professionals.” Which, as it happens, was -- and remains -- a very sounds argument.

The New York Times printed a poem in her remembrance, one that we think is very apt, and reminiscent of her no-nonsense, crisco-using, cooking for the laymen ways. Which she did beautifully. Marion was, in short, the mother that lives on our cookbook shelves.

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Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

By • July 12, 2012 • 0 Comments

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This edition of Amanda's kids' lunch is brought to you by Amanda's CSA haul: pattypan squash and broccoli (cooked in lots of olive oil and a little bit of water over high heat) with sour cream cilantro sauce and goat cheese, plus Greek yogurt with dark honey and blueberries for dessert.

How are you cooking up summer's abundance of summer squash?

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Sundry Topics

Kickstarter Love: Sweets & Bitters Quarterly

By • July 11, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, a new quarterly to provide inspiration, and recipes, to home cooks.


To say that we haven’t been won over by the internet, fast involved in the throes of digital media, would be like saying we don’t like cake. (Completely, utterly untrue.) But there remains a piece of all of us (or a slice, if you’d rather keep the the cake metaphor alive) devoted to print media. We love tangible things, too. The ones that, when stained, add character rather than a fizzled hard drive. We love them especially in the form of food quarterlies, and especially when they explain their project through cake decorating.

Sweets & Bitters Quarterly is the newest tangible thing on our radar, and we can’t wait to stain its pages, even though they might be too pretty to do so. It’s the dream of Hannah Kirshner, a self-described baker turned Brooklynite, and it’s helped into reality by designer Isaac Gertman and photographer Kristen Blush. Together, they’ve created a quarterly where they hope cooks will find inspiration, tips, and more eye candy than they know what to do with. True to the name, each issue will feature desserts and cocktails, but everyday foods will be peppered through the pages as well. (We’d rather eat desserts every day, but the more wholesome recipes are included just in case you don’t.)

All of your contributions will go toward the printing of the first issue. Anything beyond their fundraising goal will go toward the next printing, and the next printing after that. Give a dollar, or 25; if you decide on the latter, you’ll get a VIP invite to the launch party, an issue, and your name printed in the issue. Which means, in essence, that you’ll be famous. It’s a small price to pay.


Sweets & Bitters Quarterly
from Kickstarter

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5 Questions

An Interview with Sarah Rich, Author of Urban Farms

By • July 10, 2012 • 1 Comment

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Friend of FOOD52 Sarah Rich is a busy woman -- between the fantastic Longshot Magazine and a career writing for everyone from Gourmet to Wired, she's been traversed every corner of the food world. Her most recent project is Urban Farms, a new book with photography by Matthew Benson that we wrote about a few weeks ago.

We spoke to Sarah about her new book, the movement toward small-scale agriculture, and how you can get involved in the movement. Be sure to check out Urban Farms!1

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